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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2017

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the conservation section of this website.  We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Chalkhill Blue
(not Devil's Dyke)

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We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk.
email them to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
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If you see a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder at the end of the season as usual.

Return completed form by November to 20, Langstons, Trimley St Mary, Suffolk IP11 0XL  or to

If visiting Purdis Heath, Pipers Vale and Landseer Park (or any other site for that matter) please keep to footpaths and recognised tracks and do not trample heather, ant nests or any other vegetation.  There are plenty of places where you can see butterflies from the paths.  Keep dogs on a lead.

Date  Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
26 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey - Barnham Cross Common  Today’s walk focussed on the area of heathland and common grazing area either side of the A134 just south of Thetford.  This was an area where Dingy Skipper had occurred in the past but for which few recent records existed.  As four of us assembled in the car park incredibly a single Dingy Skipper was seen on the ground in front of us and then almost stood on!  It was seen briefly before flying through the tree line and out onto the heath within the grounds of RAF Barnham camp.  This is likely to be a wanderer from one of the colonies that exist within the camp grounds albeit some 250m away.  Following this exciting start, we then moved onto the eastern side of the heath close to the Little Ouse River and enjoyed sightings of dragonflies and damselflies.  Species seen included: Banded and Beautiful Demoiselle, Hairy Hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser and Blue-tailed Damselfly.  Walking back over the heath revealed numerous butterflies with Brimstone, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Common Blue, Small Copper and Small Heath all seen.  No Dingy Skippers were seen but we were kept busy with look-alikes in the shape of Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion moths.  Crossing back over the A134 to the main heathland and common we undertook a circular walk finding several new species for the day in the form of Holly Blue, Large White, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood and Green Hairstreak.  Unfortunately, no more Dingy Skippers were found but the single record was an important one.  Final butterfly list: Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Large White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small Heath. Barnham Cross Common   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
26 May Brimstone this morning. Stoke-by-Nayland   Ed Hutchings
25 May Green-veined White 2, Small Copper, Common Blue 2, Painted Lady 5, Small Heath 3 North Warren   Richard Perryman
25 May Meadow Browns now on the wing Landseer Park, Ipswich    
25 May between 12.30pm to 1pm:  2 Green-veined White, 5 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Holly Blue. Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles TM4488  Robert Quadling
25 May Painted Lady, Small Copper Brightwell TM 24992 42807 Dave Pearsons
25 May A few more butterflies from today: Small Copper, Small Heath and Common Blues, male & female (photos click here) Sizewell   Charles Cuthbert
25 May Encountered and sighted today my first Large Skipper butterflies of the year that were actually mating at the time among elder leaves, both male and female Brimstone butterflies feeding from dandelion flowers two small copper butterflies basking in the full sun on bare ground and many mother shipton moths amongst long meadow foxtail grass near Orwell coutry park   Daniel Cable-Davey.
24 May Encountered today my first two Small Skipper butterflies of the year in full sun basking upon bramble leaves near Orwell coutry park   Daniel Cable-Davey.
24 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey-- Kings Forest (Archery and Wordwell)  Today’s walk explored the Archery Ranges within the central part of the eastern Kings Forest and the Wordwell area in the south.  The weather was superb, very warm with bright sunshine and a light south-westerly wind.  Our group of four walked through the archery rides and despite the recent forest operations we soon found our first Dingy Skippers.  The whole site and surrounding rides were carefully explored and by the time we finished a total of 32 Dingy Skippers had been counted.  Thankfully, the forest was quiet in respect of ongoing forestry work and so we were able to head south to explore the Wordwell Ride and areas of clear-fell nearby.  Dingy Skippers were soon located and a thorough check of the area added another 17 Dingy Skippers to the day count.  On conclusion of the walk, a total of 49 Dingy Skippers were recorded which is a superb number.  On a couple of occasions, male and female Dingy Skippers were observed in courtship flight and so were, hopefully, on the way to producing the next generation.  In addition to Dingy Skipper another 14 species of butterflies were recorded: Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small Heath).  Several day-flying moths were also enjoyed during the walk including Cinnabar, Latticed Heath, Common Heath, Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion and the migrant, Silver-Y.  In addition, to the butterflies and moths we also enjoyed some wonderful bird song and also a close-encounter with a large Grass Snake! Kings Forest (Archery and Wordwell)   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
24 May Small Heath I think? 1 today, 4 yesterday, (photo click here) Haverhill Research Park    Duncan FletcherBrown
23 May Four Wall Brown seen in morning. SWT Carlton Marshes   Ed Hutchings
23 May Wall x 6, on bare footpath alongside Oulton broad (photo click here), peacock x 4, red admiral x 3, small copper x 1, large white x 1, small tortoiseshell x 1, painted lady x 1 and a few tortoiseshell caterpillars.  Scarce chaser, hairy dragonfly, common blue, large red, blue tailed and azure damsels also noted. SWT Carlton marshes   Trevor Goodfellow
23 May Saw a Painted Lady Butterfly outside Glade school. Brandon   grahamhersey
23 May Enjoyable day in Suffolk Brecks looking for Dingy Skipper.  Several private sites visited but sadly no DS.  However, 1 site had 75+ Common Blue (photo click here) Suffolk Brecks   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Record
23 May Encountered today one Red Admiral butterfly basking amongst nettles,one Green Hairstreak butterfly as well as a pair of speckled wood butterflies flying through a woodland glade and a single small white butterfly feeding from Dog rose Flowers. Private land near Orwell coutry park   Daniel Cable-Davey.
22 May  This is where the next (summer) brood of Common Blue butterflies begins (photo click here).  Very good numbers (30+) of Common Blues in the dunes at Sizewell today, most favouring Oxeye Daisies Sizewell   Charles Cuthbert
22 May A couple of Painted Ladies seen whilst out surveying east Ipswich   Greenwings
22 May 2 Common Blues, 2 red Admirals, 1 Holly blue, 1 speckled wood, 2 large whites, 3 orange tips Bonds meadow lowestoft   B.O.B education
22 May 15 red admiral bramford picnic site   Matt
22 May 6 Brown Argus, 6 Common Blue, 3 Small Copper, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Orange Tips plus many Cinnabar Moths. LOund Lakes   David and Lilian Pitt
22 May 15 Holly Blues, 4 Speckled Wood, 5 Small White, 1 Green- veined White Peewit Hill   Will Brame
22 May SBBC Event - Dingy Skipper Survey-  The first of the planned surveys took place in bright sunshine and warm temperatures and was in complete contrast to the grim weather experienced in previous years.  Our group of nine walked Chalk Lane in the Kings Forest in an easterly direction, finding 4 Dingy Skippers, before turning north after 500m.  Here we took a northerly ride before taking another ride east.  This ride looked very promising and very soon we found a further 8 Dingy Skippers as we continued to walk east.  After approximately 1 km we took a southerly ride and re-joined Chalk Lane this time heading back in a westerly direction seeing another 4 Dingy Skippers.  As well as a final total of 16 Dingy Skippers the group also recorded another 15 species of butterflies (Brimstone, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood and Small Heath).  The Common Blues were freshly emerged males in pristine condition and several “dog-fights” were witnessed between this species and the feisty Small Coppers and immaculate (and numerous) Small Heaths.  The Green Hairstreaks were the first of the year for many of the group and it was good to see many Orange-tips including some females egg laying on Garlic-mustard.  A few high flying Painted Lady butterflies passed through at speed, whereas, the Red Admirals were showing the nettle beds close attention although none were seen to lay eggs.  Numerous species of day-flying moths were found including the two species sometimes confused with Dingy Skippers namely, Mother Shipton and Burnet companion Chalk Lane   Bill Stone,  Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
22 May 5 Walls in the churchyard.  Very exciting to see as haven’t seen any there for a few years. (Photo click here). Also saw Comma and Red Admiral. Somerleyton Churchyard   David and Lilian Pitt
22 May 1 Wall Brown plus 6 Holly Blue. Somerleyton Station   David and Lilian Pitt
21 May With @Leostoff sighting of a Meadow Brown Butterfly we now have 15 species seen on reserve SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
21 May (Saw my first Suffolk Wall browns (2) for a number of years at Carlton marshes, Suffolk this pm. Also Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Painted lady  Carlton marshes   Neil Sherman
21 May Painted lady on my Hebe in the garden in Haverhill today  Haverhill   Duncan FletcherBrown
21 May Small Copper and at least 3 Painted Ladies around Sea Kale flowers on the beach at Sizewell today Sizewell   Charles Cuthbert
21 May 2 Green hairstreaks Gunton Warren, Brimstone Gunton disused r'track (north end) 2 Painted ladies. Kingfisher family heard Gunton hall lake area Gunton   James Wright
21 May Wow what a transect today at North Warren. 4 Small Heath, 12 common blue, 14 green hairstreak, 14 Small coppers, 5 peacock, 2 Green Veined White, 1 small tort, 1 comma, 5 red admiral, 4 speckled wood North Warren.   B.O.B education.
20 May Species seen on early morning walk through park. Holly Blue x 12, Orange Tip x 3 (m&f), Red Admiral x 3, Peacock x 5, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Green Veined White, Small White. Azure Damselfly also seen. Holywells Park   Kev Ling  
20 May Lovely walk around Carlton Marshes today, saw 3 Walls, 14 Peacock & 1 Green-veined White Carlton Marshes   B.O.B education
20 May Painted Lady today at Herringfleet Smock Mill.  Also single peacock, 100's Red Admiral Caterpillars, 1 drinker moth caterpillar Herringfleet   Richard Martin
20 May One each of Green Hairstreak and Painted Lady at Gunton Warren clifftops this afternoon. Gunton Warren   James Wright
20 May 34 Peacock,  2 Large White,  34 Red Admiral,  1 Green-veined White,  1 Orange Tip,  6 Small Tortoiseshell,  2 Painted Lady,  3 Wall Browns,  1 Brimstone,  2 Small Copper. Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
20 May Well its taken me nearly 3 years and a lot of miles but I finally managed to see a Wall again in SE Suffolk- 3 males on Sudbourne Marshes. (photo click here) Sudbourne Marshes   Bill Stone
20 May First UK Painted lady for me (already seen abroad this yr) in garden.  Also Green Hairstreak, Common Blue m+f Purdis Farm   Neil Sherman
20 May 2+ Painted Lady, 2 Wall, Small Copper this morning Carlton Marshes   Andrew Easton
18 May My first Small White this year (photo click here), only Red Admiral and Peacock showed and Orange tips, all at home in Thurston gives me 19 species total Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
18 May Three Green Hairstreak on tall gorse alongside track near Walberswick recreation ground this morning, sunny.  Small Copper further along.  All in all a very enjoyable walk.  Walberswick   Kim Randall
18 May Green Hairstreak, 1 Common Blue, 2 Brown Argus 1, Small Copper 4, Small Heath 3, Peacock 1, Cinnabar 2 North Warren   Chris Lansdell
18 May 7 Wall Browns! (photo click here) 12 Peacocks, 1 Orange-tip, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Red Admiral & Painted Lady Carlton Marshes   B.O.B education
18 May Painted Lady (well worn) this morning Lound Lakes   Gavin Durrant
17 May First Painted Lady of the year in Chattisham. Good specimen. Chattisham IP8 3QQ Peter Woolley
17 May 1 Painted Lady, 5 Common Blue, 1 Small White, 1 Large White, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Marbled Clover Landguard   Will Brame
17 May Painted lady in garden. Halesworth    John Baker
16 May Two Painted Lady (photo click here) this afternoon.   East Lane, Bawdsey   Margie & David Carter
16 May A Painted Lady in our garden today.  We didn't see one last year and this is more than a month earlier than the first in 2015. Flowton TM 085470 Rob Clements
16 May Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Small & Green-veined White, Common Blue, Speckled Wood & Small Copper all before 8:3 Sizewell   SWT Coastal warden
16 May Our first garden Holly Blue today Kesgrave TM2345 Gary & Jenny Plank
15 May Moth trap is only just starting to show results: Poplar Hawkmoth (photo click here), Brindled Pug, Common Swift, Scalloped Hazel, Treble Lines, Muslin, Maiden's Blush, Pale Tussock and Sycamore.  Only 43 species this year so far.  Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
15 May Painted Lady Landguard   Will Brame
14 May  Painted Lady 3 Landguard   Will Brame
14 May Butterfly transect at Elveden Center Parc, Halfway round, highlights a singing Firecrest and a Painted Lady butterfly Elveden Center Parc   grahamhersey
14 May time 3.30pm to 6 pm , 3 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral,  22 Peacock,  1 Large White,  1 Small White,  5 Holly Blue,  1 Orange Tip,  10 Small Tortoiseshell,  3 Wall Brown. Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
14 May 2 Green Hairstreaks and a slow worm today. Purdis Heath   Steve Babbs
14 May Granted access to the RAF Barnham Training Area for the annual Dingy Skipper Count, Bill & Rob had a productive visit, seeing a total of 19 Dingy Skippers, flying in 3 different tetrads.  11 species in total: Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Orange-tip, Large White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Heath, flying in the bright spells 10:45 to 13:30. RAF Barnham TL 8580, 8680 & 8579. Bill Stone, Rob Parker.
14 May 1 Common Blue, 3 Holly Blue, 3 Small Copper, 2 Large White, 2 Green veined White, 10 L r Damselfly, 1 Epichnopterix Plumella Landguard butts   Will Brame
13 May 1 Painted Lady Landguard   Matthew Deans
13 May  Recorded Butterflies ,1 Peacock,1 Red Admiral, 1 Speckled Wood. SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
12 May Butterflies Recorded  between 12.30 pm to 1pm, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Orange Tip Ellough Industrial Estate Beccles   Robert Quadling
12 May Green Hairstreak, 3 Red Admiral and Comma at this evening  Thorpeness   Scott Mayson
12 May 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Copper, 4 Green Veined White, 1 Green Hairstreak Felixstowe ferry   Will Brame
12 May Dozens of Red Admiral around the Orford and Sudbourne areas of Suffolk.  String of 18 seen to come in off the sea at Slaughden, Aldeburgh. Orford to Aldeburgh   Bill Stone
12 May Nice afternoon checking spots for Wall on Suffolk east coast.  Sadly, no sightings but my first Common Blue of the year and 11 other sp     Bill Stone
12 May 7 Green Hairstreaks, 2 Red Admirals, 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 7 Holly Blues Landguard obs   Will Brame
11 May Brimstone at Halesworth lunch time, Halesworth   Scott Mayson
11 May I witnessed another rubi pairing in our garden (photo click here) Newton   Dean Morley
11 May Orange-tip at leat 20 m and 20 f, Peacock 4, Red Admiral 1 Lackford Lakes   Richard Perryman
11 May 2 Small Heath, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Small Copper, 1 female Muslin Moth (photos click here) Tiger Hill LNR Assington TL 927 357 Sam Chamberlin
10 May We had a Wall Brown Carlton Marshes   SWT Broads Warden
10 May Several fresh Small Coppers flying, along with a Brimstone and Peacock Martlesham common Nature Reserve (Tesco)   Kev Ling
10 May Red Admiral 2, Green-veined White 2, Holly Blue 1, Orange-tip 2, Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Sluice Farm Kirton   Will Brame
10 May Orange-tip 4, Speckled Wood 6, Holly Blue 8, Green Hairstreak 4, Green-veined White 5, Large White 2, Small White 3 Peewit Hill   Will Brame
10 May Holly Blue nr Debenhams,Ipswich!!!  +2 Small White, Holly Blue & Large White in my Ipswich garden today Ipswich   Dave Pearsons
10 May Two Green Haistreaks, later to become a mating pair, seen in our garden today, in Newton, Suffolk. 1st ever in this location Newton   Dean Morley
10 May Lots of butterflies around today. 4 large white in the garden and 21 peacock & 11 Small tortoiseshells carlton marshes   B.O.B education
10 May Really pleased to see a single Green Hairstreak sunning itself on a large stand of gorse on the north side of Wortham Ling near Diss Wortham Ling   Sue Sidle
10 May Encountered today my first green hairstreak butterfly of the year basking amongst nettles, two Holly blues fighting  around brambles, two green veined whites and two brimstone butterflies flying along a mixed hedgerow. Private land near Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey.
7 May SBBC Event; Butterfly Walk King's Forest - The weather turned out nicer than expected, so we (7 plus me) saw more than I had anticipated.  We saw 8 species including my first Small Heath of the year.  Everyone happy, especially with being able to watch Orange-tips courting, and then pairing in front of our eyes, and some good Green Hairstreak views at the end of the walk (which was strewn with loads of forestry STAY OUT signs due to felling work, happily not on Sundays).  We just reached the northern edge of the Archery area, which was active.  Although we did not see any Dingy Skippers in the morning, Tony Fox, with his wife Sandy went on to look for Dingy Skipper after we dispersed.  Prospects looked quite good between clouds.  Tony reported back that they saw 8 Dingy Skippers close to the archery area, and one Peacock, bringing the total for the day to 10 species. plus Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Small Copper KIng's Forest   Rob Parker
7 May  4 Green Hairstreak, Small Copper (first of the year), Orange Tip (m&f), Brimstone, Peacock x 10, Comma, Green Veined White Kiln Meadow/Spring Wood   Kev Ling
7 May  3 Orange Tips Haughley churchyard   Dave Pearsons
7 May  No sign of any Green Hairstreaks this afternoon but managed to record 3 Small Copper (photo click here), 2 Peacock and 4 Beautiful Yellow Underwing moths. Purdis Heath      Sam Chamberlin
7 May  1 x Brown Argus (photo click here) and 1 x azure damsel Lackford lakes Trevor Goodfellow  
7 May  1 x Dingy Skipper (photo click here) beyond archery club.  Towards Brandon side of North Stow 3 x Small Heath 2 x Speckled Wood, Peacock and Orange-tips.  Mother shipton moth also noted. North Stow    Trevor Goodfellow  
6 May Orange-Tip 5, Holly Blue 15, Green-veined White 8, Small White 6, Large White 3, Speckled  Wood 4, Green Hairstreak 1, Peacock 1 Peewit Hill   Will Brame
6 May  Butterflies recorded   50 Peacocks, 1 Orange Tip, 7 Green-veined White, 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Holy Blue, 2 Red Admiral Carlton Marshes     Robert Quadling 
6 May  Had a Small Copper this morning White Horse Marsh TM084334 Mark Nowers
5 May  Most of King's Forest seems to be out of bounds due to forestry work, but a short walk proved fruitful when returning to my car.  Green Hairstreak x 7, Small Copper x 2, Peacock x2, Small Heath x 1, Orange-tip x 19, Brimstone x 2. North Stow    Trevor Goodfellow  
4 May Wall Brown Butterfly SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
2 May  Saw a female Brimstone laying eggs on an unfurling alder buckthorn we planted which is always rewarding.  The purging buckthorn has been in leaf  for a bit and has eggs on it.  Also Peacock, Orange Tip M& F Theberton   Andrew Leng
2 May  Encountered today three Speckled Wood butterflies two were fighting in an aerial fighting ball, two Holly Blue butterflies flying amongst brambles, three Large White butterflies all flying up a mixed hedgerow and three individual male Orange-tip butterflies feeding from dandelion flowers and flying amongst gorse and spindle bushes. Private land near Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
1 May I found a sheltered spot with broom bushes in king's forest and found at least three Green Hairstreaks (photo click here) which was my target species.  Very windy and about 12 deg C. king's forest   Trevor Goodfellow
30 Apr Between 2.54 pm-3.38 pm. at Lackford Lakes I counted 7+ male Orange-tips, 4 female Orange-tips. 3 Commas. 1 Holly Blue, 1 female Brimstone and 1 Speckled Wood. Also 3 unidentified whites. Lackford Lakes   Kevin Wilson
30 Apr Wall Brown (Photo click here) Near Iken TM4423954842 Liz Barnett
29 Apr "I visited the Kings Forest area today (29th) and was amazed at how much forestry work is being carried out throughout the eastern section (east of B106).  Forestry operations will effectively restrict access to key areas for the Dingy Skipper for the foreseeable future and anyone planning a visit to the area will need to adhere to signage in place.  That said I did find 3 Dingy Skippers in the area, my first ever April sightings in Suffolk". Kings Forest   Bill Stone Suffolk Butterfly Recorder
29 Apr Green Hairstreaks are on the wing in Spring Wood.  In time for Bank Holiday event     Kevin Ling
29 Apr 15 Small Coppers, 7 Green-veined White, 4 Orange tip, 2 Speckled Wood & 4 Peacock North Warren   B.O.B education
29 Apr 2 male Brimstones (photo click here), 4 Peacocks, 5 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Woods, 2 male Orange Tips, 5 whites and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Newbourne Springs   Robert Brown
29 Apr On a circular walk around Rushmere Heath, Foxhall Stadium and Purdis Heath I saw 1 Green Hairstreak, 4 speckled wood, 7 orange tip, 3 small copper, 6 peacock, 10 green veined white, 6 male brimstone, 2 holly blue, 1 small tortoiseshell and 2 comma. E Ipswich     Patrick Cook  
29 Apr 2 Peacock and 1 Green-veined White only today Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling 
29 Apr Green-veined White 2; Orange Tip 2 pairs; Brimstone; Peacock 2 Thorington Street TM0135 Martin Peers 
29 Apr Encountered today a pair of speckled wood butterflies fighting in an aerial fighting ball and one resting amongst brambles, a male Orange tip butterfly feeding from dandelion flowers and one small white butterfly flying through. Private land near the Orwell country park.    near Orwell country park    Daniel Cable-Davey
28 Apr Orange Tip male; Small Heath Brundon TL863419 Martin Peers  
28 Apr Small Heath seen at Sutton Hoo near viewing platform at 10.15 this morning close to the ground in the cold wind. Also a white. Sutton Hoo   Stella Wolfe
28 Apr  I would like to report the following sightings along the River Gipping between Needham Lake and Pipps Ford:   3 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood, 5 Whites, 2 male Orange Tips. River Gipping     Robert Brown
26 Apr  Another Small Copper, this one of the 'blue-spotted' form, seen today just before a fierce hailstorm! (photos click here) Sizewell   Charles Cuthbert
25 Apr  Small Copper on Dandelion flower, Orange Tip Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
25 Apr  3 Orange Tip, Large White (first of the year for me), Green Veined White, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue. Not bad for a day that was described as wintery on the news that morning.  Martlesham Heath (by control Tower)   Kev Ling
25 Apr 1 Green Hairstreak new for me here, 3 Holly Blue, 7 Orange-tip, 9 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 3 Green-veined White (photos click here) Peewit Hill   Will Brame
23 Apr Peacock Kelsale    Charles Cuthbert
23 Apr Looking at the Sightings I noticed that no one had reported a Brimstone since 9th April.  At least  one rather nice male has been about here since then when the sun shines.  Today we had Brimstone male, Orange tip male, Peacock and Green veined white.  Also spotted an egg one one of the Buckthorn bushes yesterday. Theberton TM446 334 Andrew Leng
23 Apr Orange-tips. Finest thing about Spring Belstead Meadows   Kevin
23 Apr Male & Female Orange Tip, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock Braziers Wood Meadows   Kevin Ling
23 Apr 13 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Orange-tip, 3 Green-veined White Peewit Hill   Will Brame
22 Apr Female Orange Tip at SWT Castle Marshes   Antony Wren
22 Apr Orange-tip 3 Thornham Magna   Deborah Godwin
22 Apr An incredibly tatty small tortoiseshell & 2 small coppers this morning Shingle St   Eddie Bathgate
22 Apr 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Small Copper, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 2 Holly Blue, 4 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell Landguard   Will Brame
22 Apr 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock, 8 Green-veined White. SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
22 Apr Warm and sunny (not expected) I was in the garden as a Holly Blue flew by to settle on a blackcurrent flower.  It then flew on to feed off others, behaviour I had not seen before. Exning TL617659 Twm Wade
21 Apr Peacock being blown by the wind a very fresh Green Hairstreak sheltering from the wind in gorse (photo click here) Minsmere   Richard Perryman
20 Apr Small Copper (year first) and 4 Peacock IGC Ipswich   Neil Sherman
20 Apr Encountered today one male Orange-tip butterfly, one female Large White butterfly, one Peacock butterfly feeding from bluebell flowers and two Speckled Wood butterflies.  Private land near Orwell country park.   Daniel Cable-Davey
19 Apr Red Admiral 1, Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 2, Peacock 1, Large White 4, Green-veined White 5, Small White 2 Landguard   Will Brame
19 Apr  Speckled Wood 6, Orange-tip 2, Large White 5, Comma 2, Peacock 5 The Grove   Will Brame
19 Apr 15 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Green-veined White, 3 Comma, 2 Orange-tip Peewit Hill   Will Brame
17 Apr Several Orange Tip including my first females of the year. Also a couple of Commas, Peacocks, Small White and Green-veined White Belstead Meadows   Kev Ling
17 Apr A Painted Lady and a Small Tortoiseshell in a sheltered spot at Boyton Marsh this afternoon.   Boyton Marsh   Margie & David Carter
17 Apr Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma seen in sunny but cool conditions Freston TM1739 Ian Peters
17 Apr 7 Orange-tip (2 female), 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White and a Small Copper!  (photos click here) Lower Ufford   Rab King
16 Apr Green-veined White; Holly Blue male; Small Tortoiseshell; Red Admiral; Speckled Wood.  Botesdale TM0575 Martin Peers 
16 Apr Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral (photo click here) Redgrave & Lopham Fen   Robert Quadling
16 Apr Two species new for year at Landguard obs 1 Large White 1 very fresh looking Red Admiral also 1 Small Tortoiseshell Landguard obs   Will Brame
16 Apr One fresh male Orange Tip, one Small Tortoiseshell one Speckled Wood and three Small Whites Fynn Valley TM2047 Jenny & Gary Plank
15 Apr Orange Tip Small White East Bergholt   Kev Ling
15 Apr 9 Green Veined Whites, 4 Comma, 13 Peacock, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood.  Carlton Marshes Reserve   Robert Quadling
15 Apr Found some butterflies! - Several Green Veined Whites, Orange-tips, Small Whites, Speckled Woods and a single Red Admiral around Millennium Wood, Felixstowe Millennium Wood, Felixstowe   Bill Stone
15 Apr 21 Speckled Wood, 3 Orange-tip, 3 Holly Blue, 1 Large White, 3 each of Small White and Green Veined White Peewit Hill   Will Brame
14 Apr 20 Green Veined White Trimley marshes:   Paul Holmes
14 Apr My first blue of the year: male holly blue. Blundeston   Richard Martin
14 Apr Painted Lady just north of Kessingland Sluice Kessingland   Chris Lansdell
14 Apr Small Tortoiseshell (2), Orange Tip - male, Green Veined White seen early morning before the cold temperature set in. Shotley Gate TM2434 Ian Peters
14 Apr Mating Speckled Woods in the garden (photo click here) + Holly Blue and Small White      Gi Grieco
14 Apr First Small Copper (photo click here) at Lackford Lakes.  Also Peacock, Green Veined White, Orange tip. Lackford Lakes   Trevor Goodfellow
12 Apr Small White in garden this pm, first for year.  Seems low no's of whites around here (east Ipswich) at the moment E Ipswich   Neil Sherman
12 Apr  22 Speckled Wood, 2 male Orange-tip, 1 Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Holly Blue Peewit Hill   Will Brame
11 Apr 2 Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue and a Small White in our garden Shotley Gate  TM241341 Ian Peters
11 Apr 22 Speckled Wood, 1 female Orange Tip, 2 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Holly Blue, 6 Small White Peewit Hill   Will Brame
11 Apr At least 5 Peacock Hollesley RSPB   Dave Pearsons
11 Apr Small Copper Upper Hollesley Common, 1st of yr for m Upper Hollesley Common   Dave Pearsons
11 Apr I would like to report the following sightings in my Ipswich garden today:   1 female Orange Tip (photo click here), 2 male Orange Tips, 2 Whites and 1 Peacock. Ipswich   Robert Brown
9 Apr Brimstone, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small Copper this morning at Icklingham Plains, Icklingham Plains   Rob Parker
9 Apr Holly Blue and Comma back home later. Making 8 species in today’s gorgeous weather. Burt St Edmnds   Rob Parker
9 Apr A two-hour walk at Sizewell Belts today, butterflies seen as follows: Brimstone 3 (photo), Orange-tip 3, Green-veined White 12+ including a pair mating (photo), Holly Blue 1, Speckled Wood 1 (photo), Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 2, Peacock 4 (photos click here) Sizewell Belts   Charles Cuthbert
9 Apr 1 Green Veined White, 2 Whites, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Brimstone.   Landguard Point, Felixstowe   Robert Brown
9 Apr 4 Holly Blue, 3 Peacocks, 3 male Orange-tips, 4 Whites, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 male Brimstones. Newbourne Springs, Newbourne   Robert Brown
9 Apr An hour spent in our Stowmarket garden late afternoon produced, Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and a Small White.   Stowmarket   Margie & David Carter
9 Apr Male Orange-tip, Speckled Wood today bringing my garden list to 8 for 2017. Small Tortoiseshell Ipswich   Dave Pearsons
9 Apr Speckled Wood in the garden today, also Holly Blue and Orange-tip Woodbridge   Scott Mayson
9 Apr 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Small White and 1 Orange-tip in Golden Wood and wildflower meadow, Shotley   Ian Peters
9 Apr First Orange-tip male of the year for me today at Shotley Gate  Shotley Gate    Ian Peters
9 Apr Orange-tip (f), Holly Blue, Speckled Wood 2 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
9 Apr Had a walk along old railway line to East Town Park, 2xBrimstone, 2xSpeckled Wood, Orange Tip and a Peacock Haverhill   Duncan FletcherBrown
9 Apr Encountered today two fighting Speckled Wood butterflies fighting in their distinctive fighting ball and one fresh vibrant Comma butterfly. near Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
8 Apr 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White and 1 Peacock Freston TM1839 Ian Peters
8 Apr A short walk in Kelsale village centre late morning today, butterflies seen as follows: Orange Tip: males (4) all very mobile; female (1), the latter egg-laying on Garlic Mustard along the Fromus river (photos click here) Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1, Brimstone 2 males, one chased off by a male Orange Tip following a short 'duel' over a patch of Forget-me-not Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
8 Apr 16 Speckled Wood, 4 Peacock, 3 Comma, 6 Small White Peewit Hill   Will Brame
8 Apr Peacock 12, Comma 6, Brimstone 2, Orange-tip 3 (my ffy) this afternoon.  1 Light orange underwing moth seen at ground level taking in moisture from soft mud on edge of pond Wolves Wood, Hadleigh   Neil Sherman
8 Apr First ever Orange-Tip in the garden today along with Brimstone, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood & Small White Ipswich   Gi Grieco
8 Apr 157 Peacocks, 40 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 Green-Veined White,  3 Large White, 2 Holly Blue,  6 Comma. SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
8 Apr In our Newton garden today I've just seen two more of my firsts for 2017: A Green-Veined White and a Comma Newton   Dean Morley
8 Apr Many sightings today,several Peacocks plus 1 Comma, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Small Copper at Hollesley Marshes and Upper Hollesley Common Hollesley   Rob Johnson
8 Apr First male Orange Tip this afternoon on the edge of Kesgrave Wood Kesgrave Wood TM2345) Gary Plank
8 Apr Brimstone 1 female; Speckled Wood 1 Sudbury TL8841 Martin Peers
7 Apr Centred on Sluice farm Kirton S Wood 1 Comma, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Small White 4, Red Admiral, 1 Peacock 5, Small Tortoiseshell 8  Kirton   Will Brame
7 Apr Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 3 Assington TL9337 Martin Peers
7 Apr Peacock 2, Comma 1, Speckled Wood 6 Arger Fen TL9335 Martin Peers
7 Apr I saw my first Holly Blue Butterfly about 3pm. It flew over my garden and then came back over it 5 minutes later but was not seen again. Ipswich IP 9LB Karen Child
7 Apr Holly Blue in my garden today - my first of 2017 Lower Holbrook   Richard Stace
7 Apr One male Brimstone in Kingsland Shotley   Ian Peters
7 Apr 2 Speckled wood (ffy) and 2 Comma seen at work today, IGC, Ipswich   Neil Sherman
7 Apr Nice butterfly walk around Levington area, 15 Peacock counted including one feisty brute who tried to knock me off the boardwalk! Levington   Bill Stone
7 Apr 3 Peacock, small white & small tortoiseshell Shingle St,   Dave Pearsons
7 Apr 4 Peacock, small white, orange tip Boyton RSPB   Dave Pearsons
6 Apr Peacock 5, Brimstone 4, Orange Tip 4.  1 Light Orange-underwing day-flying moth Wolves Wood   Richard Perryman
6 Apr Encountered today for the first time this year one Male Speckled Wood butterfly, one female Large white butterfly and two male Holly blue butterflies. Private Land near the Orwell country park. near Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
6 Apr small white, 2 Holly Blue in the garden Ipswich   Dave Pearsons
6 Apr Saw my first Holly Blue in my garden today.  He was around for about 3 hours, flitting about. Palgrave, Suffolk TM1178 Cara Phillips
6 Apr Butterfly Transect, Elveden Center Parcs, Green-veined White , Holly Blue, Comma,  Peacock, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell. Total 39 Elveden Center Parcs   Graham Hersey
6 Apr Brimstone 2, comma 1, holly blue 1, orange tip 2, small tortoiseshell 1, peacock 1 Wilford Bridge.   Simon Piotrowski
6 Apr Holly blue today and 16 peacocks, 2 commas Westleton Heath   B.O.B education
6 Apr 2 x Holly Blue & singles of Red Admiral & Brimstone around Framlingham Castle today Peacock in my garden as I type Framlingham   Eddie Bathgate
6 Apr Warm sunshine. Saw Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Peacock and Comma. North Cove   David and Lilian Pitt
6 Apr Female Brimstone seen alongside road by Shotley Primary school and Speckled Wood at Shotley Gate Shotley   Ian Peters
6 Apr 2 Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Large White, 12 Speckled Wood, 4 Comma, 3 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Gren-veined White, 2 Small White Peewit Hill   Will Brame
6 Apr There was a male Holly Blue this morning. Also seen were single Comma and Peacock. Sudbury TL880413) Martin Peers
6 Apr A early large White and Holly Blue Oulton tm 523 947 Derek Marsh
6 Apr warm sunshine. 2 Small Tortoiseshells twirling upwards; One Holly Blue circled the Holly and flew on; Mr Brimstone in the lane and best of all - Mrs Brimstone repeatedly visiting the 9ft high Buckthorn bushes provided by Julian Dowding about 4 years ago. We'll be looking for caterpillars later. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
5 Apr Green-veined White  4, Small White 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 1 Landguard   Will Brame
5 Apr Peacock 5 Felixsowe Ferry   Will Brame
5 Apr Speckled Wood 14, Comma 8, Peacock 5, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Green-veined White 5, Small White 2.  Peewit Hill   Will Brame
5 Apr First female orange tip I have seen this year and it is laying eggs on bitter cress (photo click here) Thurston.   Trevor Goodfellow
4 Apr One orange tip, male Waldringfield Heath   Christine Fisher Kay
3 Apr Orange Tip male, Speckled Wood SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
3 Apr One female Brimstone and one Peacock Kesgrave Wood TM2345 Gary Plank
3 Apr Orange Tip, Peacock and Comma RSPB Wolves Wood   Colin Hullis
3 Apr First Speckled Wood and Green-veined White plus Peacock x 4, orange tip x 1, Small Tortoiseshell, x 4, Brimstone x 1. Things could be picking up now. (photos click here) Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
3 Apr Just seen my first Orange Tip of the year, flying past our house in Newton, Suffolk Newton   Dean Morley
3 Apr I saw the following butterflies this morning:- Green-veined White; Orange Tip (2 males), Brimstone (male), Peacock. Tendring Hall Park TM0035 Martin Peers
3 Apr Orange Tip (pair); Brimstone (pair); Peacock. Thorington Street reservoir TM0135 Martin Peers
2 Apr My first Speckled Wood of the season in Frog’s Alley by St. Mary’s church, Shotley. Shotley   Ian Peters
2 Apr Walking around Kings Forest / West Stow today produced.- 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Orange-tip (males), 1 Blue (probably common) by the River Lark & 1 Brimstone by the Kings Forest Car Park. Kings Forest / West Stow   Simon Jeffs
2 Apr Seen at Northfield Wood     Peacock x12, Comma x1, Green-veined white (males, 1st brood) x2, Large white x1, Orange Tip (male) x1   Northfield Wood    Michael Girling
2 Apr Seen at Belstead Meadows this afternoon. 8 species and 25 examples.   1 x Orange Tip (M) - earliest recorded personal sighting 1 x Holly Blue - earliest recorded personal sighting 10 x Peacock 8 x Comma 1 x Small Tortoiseshell 1 x Brimstone 2 x White (unidentified as some distance away) 1 x Speckled Wood Belstead Meadows   Kev Ling
2 Apr First sighting of Speckled Wood butterflies in Golden Wood Lawshall on 2nd April - earliest sighting of this butterfly in our wood. Lawshall, Golden Wood   Wendy Cooper
2 Apr Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1 Langer road/Beachstation road   Will Brame
2 Apr Brimstone male 1, Small White 1, Green-veined White 2, Small Tortoiseshell, 2, Peacock 7 Fagbury   Will Brame
2 Apr Speckled Wood 3, Green-veined White 2, Peacock 4, Comma 4, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peewit,   Will Brame
2 Apr One Holly Blue, one Comma, one Peacock and two Small Tortoiseshells in the  this morning Walled Garden, Saxmundham TM375612) enny & Gary Plank
2 Apr This afternoon one male Brimstone and three Peacocks Kesgrave Wood TM2345 Jenny & Gary Plank
2 Apr Several butterflies on the wing, 1 Large White, several each of Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. Several bee flies about too Lowestoft   James Wright
2 Apr A Painted Lady flying near Ipswich Railway Station today was a nice surprise. Small White a first for me too! Ipswich   Bill Stone
2 Apr Saw my first Holly Blue in our garden today Newton, Suffolk   Dean Morley
2 Apr Brimstone and Orange Tip,  garden, noon Sunday Worlingham   Allan Smith
2 Apr Holly Blue x 1 (photo click here), Peacock x 1 Small Tortoiseshell, x 1 and Brimstone x 1 Pakenham water mill.   Trevor Goodfellow
1 Apr Over the last two days I have finally seen my first Brimstone male in the garden and a female (1/4/17) along with Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, and Comma.  Now watching my buckthorn for any action.    Thurston   Trevor Goodfellow
1 Apr Butterflies Recorded on reserve, 48 Peacocks, 18 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 6 Comma SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
1 Apr First Speckled Wood butterfly at Elveden Center Parcs Elveden Center Parcs   Graham Hersey
31 Mar Just identified a Small White in garden and field next door. Not green-veined or Mrs Brimstone/Orange-tip.  Is this the first? It is presumably the same white I saw on 28th but was too far away to indentify. Framlingham TM287634 Geraldine Smith
31 Mar First Orange Tip at Elveden Center Parcs Elveden Center Parcs   Graham Hersey
31 Mar 2 Commas,3 Small Tortoiseshells , 2 Peacocks, my first Speckled Wood & Brimstone Bonds Meadow Lowestoft   B.O.B education
31 Mar Male orange tip and a peacock seen at micklemere, Pakenham Micklemere, Pakenham   Trevor Goodfellow
30 Mar On holiday from Cumbria BCT.  Warm day 20degC. At Walberswick saw a Holly Blue, a Peacock and a Tortoiseshell. Walberswick TM499747 Bun Hodgson
30 Mar On holiday from Cumbria BCT.  Warm day 20degC. At Blythburgh Church saw another blue  but couldn’t see clear enough to say which type and a Large White. Blythburgh Church TM450753 Bun Hodgson
30 Mar Seen today at Lackford, 1x Orange Tip, 4 x Brimstone, 1 x Peacock SWT Lackford Lake   Duncan Fletcher Brown
30 Mar Brimstone in our garden this afternoon Melton   rob and libby johnson
30 Mar Brimstone, Comma, Orange tip, Peacock in Garden Theberton TM446 334 Andrew Leng
30 Mar 2 male Brimstone, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock Rushmere Heath   Patrick Cook
30 Mar 1 male Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma Foxhall Stadium Woods   Patrick Cook
30 Mar 2 male Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 3 Comma Nuffield Hospital Woods   Patrick Cook
30 Mar 1 Comma Purdis Farm Lane   Patrick Cook
30 Mar 4 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshells courting and a Willow Warbler. Thanks Purdis Heath   Patrick Cook
30 Mar Butterflies recorded between 12.45 pm to 1 pm, 5 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and between 3 pm to 3 .15 pm,   5 Peacock . Beccles, Ellough Industral Estate   Robert Quadling
30 Mar Holly Blue in the garden this pm along with Comma and Green-veined White.    TM4359 8936 Gavin Durrant
30 Mar What an incredible day for late March!  4 Brimstone (2 well separated pairs); Peacock; Comma. CAVENHAM HEATH NNR TL750725 Martin Peers
30 Mar 7 Brimstone (4 males); 2 Peacocks; Comma. LACKFORD LAKES TL8070 Martin Peers
30 Mar Small White, male ORANGE TIP, male Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma. SUDBURY GARDEN TL882414 Martin Peers
30 Mar Seen at Purdis Heath Bucklesham Road Ipswich Suffolk - 1 peacock butterfly 1 Brimstone butterfly Purdis Heath   Karen Child
30 Mar Encountered today 1 male Brimstone butterfly, 2 peacocks,2 red admirals and 1 small tortoiseshell butterflies. Private land near the Orwell country park. near Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
30 Mar Ten !! Small Tortoiseshell & one Peacock buterflies seen on walk this morningat Bull Lane Brantham Brantham TM122345 to TM132330  
30 Mar Saw a splendid Peacock butterfly in our back garden this morning, feeding on aubrietia flowers.  A Great Tit landed nearby, collecting nest-building material, saw the Peacock, and very nearly had it for breakfast.  How the butterfly escaped I do not know.   TM 304 348. Peter and Chris Hayes
29 Mar Peacock 5, Comma 4, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Green-veined White 2 (males, 1st brood, white wings no spots) Northfield Wood, Onehouse, Stowmarket   Michael Girling
29 Mar Brimstone, Comma, Orange tip in garden  Theberton TM 446 334 Andrew Leng
29 Mar Seen at Santon Downham Suffolk along the river near the white bridge - 1 peacock butterfly 1 brimstone butterfly Santon Downham   Karen Child
29 Mar A few butterflies out at Westleton, Suffolk this afternoon, Red Admiral (1), Comma (2) & Peacock (2) Westleton   Charles Cuthbert
29 Mar First male Small White of 2017 Pakefield TM 53451 90303 Antony Wren
28 Mar More Suffolk 2017 butterfly species- Large White reported yesterday from Needham Market Needham Market   Bill Stone
28 Mar Four Commas seen fighting and resting The Dales LNR, Ipswich   Colin Hullis
28 Mar Saw two female Brimstones in Landseer Park today when checking out an area for a new wildflower strip. Landseer Park   David Dowding
28 Mar In the garden today - a Comma in good condition on heather, first of the year. 3 Tortoiseshells, a male Brimstone, 2 Peacocks.  Something white fluttering too far away to identify, more likely a White than a female Brimstone as it went towards the oil seed rape in field next door, unless it is too early for whites?.      Framlingham TM 287634 Geraldine Smith
28 Mar Once the fog had cleared, 3 Peacock, 7 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma seen on walk around Golden Wood and wildflower meadow and along Church Walk,  Shotley   Ian Peters
28 Mar The butterfly transect season starts with Week One on 1st April, but early walks are accepted too.  So on 28th March, at 15C and with 100% sun, I did a preliminary walk at my Spring Lane (Bury St Edmunds) site in Week zero, and was rewarded with 3 Small Tortoiseshells, One Brimstone and one Comma. Bury St Edmunds   Rob Parker
27 Mar Brimstone butterfly spotted  in Fairfield Road Ipswich Suffolk Ipswich   Karen Child
27 Mar 1 Small Tortoiseshell Loompit Lake   Will Brame
27 Mar 1 Peacock Upper Hollesley Common   Will Brame
27 Mar The following were on a circular route around Rushmere Common, Foxhall Stadium and Purdis Farm Lane. 19 Comma, 2 male Brimstone, 3 Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell Purdis Farm   Patrick
26 Mar Speckled wood, trapped in summerhouse Halesworth TM3843377945 John Baker
26 Mar 6 Comma, 12 Peacock, 43 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral SWT Carlton Marshes   Robert Quadling
26 Mar Comma this afternoon  (photo click here) Woodbridge   Scott Mayson
26 Mar Saw a Speckled Wood in woodland about midday Dunwich, Greyfriars Wood   Robert and libby Johnson
25 Mar First Small Copper of the Suffolk year reliably reported on 25th March from Mildenhall Mildenhall    
25 Mar Brimstone, Comma and grass snake Wolves Wood.   Steve Babbs
25 Mar Grass snake, Peacocks, Commas and Small Tortoiseshell Alton Water   Steve Babbs
25 Mar 2 Peacocks butterflies seen today, Carlton Marshes and garden. Small Tortoiseshell (photos click here) Carlton Marshes   Peter Ransome
25 Mar 4+ Commas and several Brimstone Brandon Country Park   Graham Hersey
25 Mar Spotted two Peacocks in flight this afternoon, much to my delight. ( let's hope we see lots more)   IP31 2FD Tracie Beattie
25 Mar 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 9 Comma Peewit Hill   Will Brame
25 Mar 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell Felixstowe Ferry   Will Brame
25 Mar 6 Comma in the woods Foxhall Stadium   Patrick
25 Mar 1 Red Admiral Rushmere Common   Patrick
25 Mar 1 Small Tortoiseshell along Purdis Farm Lane Purdis Farm Lane   Patrick
25 Mar Two Small Tortoiseshells Hemley TM2941 Jenny & Gary Plank
25 Mar Two Peacocks and a fine male Brimstone Kirton Creek TM 2941 Jenny & Gary Plank
25 Mar 1 male Brimstone at 11 35 am on wing Braziers Wood   Peter Compton
25 Mar 1 male and one female Brimstone on wing at 12.09pm today many others Comma , Peacock and 1 White Alnesbourne Priory   Peter Compton
25 Mar My son has just seen and photographed (photo click here) a Small Tortoiseshell in feeding on rosemary flowers Felixstowe, Hamilton Gardens TM30508 34490) Peter Paul Hayes
24 Mar Comma butterfly Ipswich   Karen Child
19 Mar A Red Admiral and a Comma together in a sheltered spot at Bawdsey picnic site.     Bawdsey   Margie & David Carter
16 Mar Peacock, Tuddenham St Martin IP6 9BH Peter Hodge
16 Mar Encountered only one male Brimstone butterfly, two Comma butterflies that were both basking in the warm sunshine and a courting pair of Small Tortoiseshells. Private land near the Orwell country park. nearOrwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
16 Mar Saw Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock on walk around Shotley Gate Shotley Gate   Ian Peters
16 Mar 3 Small tortoiseshells 4 Commas 2 Peacock Peewit Hill   Will Brame
16 Mar Beautiful at Carlton Marshes  total of 41 butterflies spotted. 23 small tortoiseshells 16 peacocks 2 comma  Carlton Marshes   B.O.B education
16 Mar Brimstone - Oulton Broad, Comma - Tom Crisp Way, Peacock - Whitton Road, Small Tortoiseshell - Saltwater Way Lowestoft   Antony Wren
16 Mar .My daughter spotted a small blue butterfly, Holly Blue, on her school field today flying around the hedges.(may be the earliest Suffolk sighting see the Suffolk Butterflies page here)     B.O.B education
16 Mar In warm midday sunshine, along only about 30 metres of hedgerow with Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) in full flower here in Kelsale I counted the following: Small Tortoiseshell 2, Comma 3, Peacock 4 (+ another in my garden).  These figures suggest a huge emergence of butterflies in the last few days of warm weather, and the importance of nectar sources like Prunus - my local bushes were also swarming with honey bees and bumblebees too! Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
16 Mar I would like to report the sightings of 2 Brimstones, 3 Peacocks and 3 Small Tortoiseshells along the River Gipping at Needham Market Needham Market   Robert Brown
16 Mar 2 Brimstone, 2 Comma, 3 Peacock, 15 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral Lound Lakes   Gavin Durrant
16 Mar Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Red Admiral all seen so far Sizewell Estate   SWT Coastal warden
16 Mar PEACOCK Sudbury 8841  Martin Peers
15 Mar Brimstone , Small Tortoiseshell Tuddenham St Martin IP6 9BH Peter Hodge
15 Mar Brimstone 4 males, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell 2 Sudbury 8741 & 8841 Martin Peers
15 Mar Nacton Road entrance Track by wooden seating area through trees leading to ponds  4 Comma 1 Peacock Holywells Park TM 17808 43535 Fred Hanniffy
15 Mar I managed to see my first Small Tortoiseshell and first Peacock of the year. Newton, Suffolk   Dean Morley
15 Mar 2 Comma, 4 Peacock and a Red admiral IGC, Purdis farm, Suffolk   Neil Sherman
15 Mar Male Orange-Tip (may be the earliest Suffolk sighting see the Suffolk Butterflies page here) Lowestoft   James Wright
15 Mar My 1st sightings of 2017. 2 Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell at Martlesham Heath near Tesco this lunchtime. Martlesham Heath   Kevin
15 Mar Another Spring day at Elveden CP, highlights 4 adders plus a common Lizard, Woodlark Singing, several Commas, Brimstone,Small Tortoiseshell , Red Admiral Elveden CP   graham HerseyG
15 Mar Small Tortoiseshell , Shingle St nr last white house Shingle Street   Dave Pearsons
15 Mar Might as well join in Brimstone, Hollesley villiage Hollesley   Dave Pearsons
15 Mar A good day for butterflies here in Kelsale with very warm conditions at midday.  In a short walk around the village centre (Main Road/Bridge Street/Dennys Lane) looking mainly at Cherry Plum in full flower I saw the following: Brimstone: 2 males highly mobile Small Tortoiseshell: 1 feeding on Cherry Plum flowers Comma: 3, all feeding on Cherry Plum Peacock: 2 (one on Cherry Plum, one in the churchyard (photo click here), Green-veined White: 1, flew past me fairly quickly, no chance for a great view but from my impression of a 'small white' with greyish underwing I am confident of this species. Kelsale   Charles Cuthbert
15 Mar Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell Shingle St.   Margie & David Carter
15 Mar A Small Tortoiseshell  this morning Boyton Marshes RSPB   Margie & David Carter
15 Mar A Red Admiral and a Peacock in our Ipswich garden this morning, the Peacock was feeding on Perennial Wallflower Ipswich TM157463 Paul Gilson  
15 Mar Ellough Industral Estate,  1 Male Brimstone at 10.05am , 1 Peacock at 12.40pm ,1 Small Tortoiseshell at 3.10pm Beccles TM 4488 Robert Quadling
15 Mar Plenty of Butterflies along Breydon N.Wall today, 15+ Sml.Tort., 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Brimstone Breydon   Tommy Corcoran
15 Mar Small tortoishell and peacock butterfly at Hoseasons building garden area Gunton   James Wright
15 Mar 1 peacock and 3 small tortoiseshell Bawdsey Hall   Simon Piotrowski
15 Mar Comma and Brimstone on st marys path. Trafalgar close Ipswich   Simon Piotrowski
15 Mar Another brimstone opposite all saints church hall Woodbridge Rd Ipswich   Simon Piotrowski
15 Mar 2 small tortoiseshell and a brimstone Pakefield beach   Antony Wren
15 Mar First sighting in my garden this year of a butterfly, a brimstone Haverhill   Duncan FletcherBrown
15 Mar 6 Comma's 1 Peacock 2 Small Tortoiseshell's Peewit Hill   Will Brame
15 Mar A single Small Tortoiseshell this morning flying around the railway tracks Brockford. TM129659 Geraldine Smith
15 Mar A lunchtime -  2 Tortoiseshells on the heather and a male Brimstone skirting the Buckthorns.    Framlingham TM 287634 Geraldine Smith
15 Mar Comma x 10 settling or feeding on litter (plenty of that) (photo click here), Peacock x 1, Red Admiral x 1 and Brimstone male x 4. Mundford Road. Brandon   Trevor Goodfellow
15 Mar Three Brimstones in the garden today Pin Mill IP9 1JL Lesley McDonald
15 Mar Encountered today five individual Brimstone butterflies,two Comma butterflies which are my first of the year,a mating pair of Peacock butterflies and a courting pair of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. Private land near Orwell country park Ipswich. Near Orwell Country Park   Daniel Cable- Davey
15 Mar 2 Brimstones and 1 Red Admiral in flight Sapiston ( Heath Lane)   Tracie Beattie
14 Mar Spotted 1 Brimstone and 1 Peacock in my garden   IP31 2FD Tracie Beattie
14 Mar 4+ Small Tortoiseshells there today SWT Carlton Marshes   Jeremy Halls
14 Mar One Peacock butterfly flying near the scrapes at RSPB Minsmere this morning RSPB Minsmere   Charles Cuthbert
14 Mar 4 species of butterfly enjoyed in Ipswich today - Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell (lots), Peacock & Comma Ipswich   Matt Berry
13 Mar COMMA 3, Thorington Street TM0035 Martin Peers
13 Mar Comma seen today at IGC Suffolk, plus Bombus terrestris and pratorum. Ipswich Golf Club   Neil Sherman
13 Mar I saw my first Small Tortoiseshell today at Levington, plus my first bumble bee Levington,   Patrick
13 Mar I would like to let you know that I have seen my first Comma butterflies of 2017 today.  One was on Landseer Road Ipswich sitting on a white flowering shrub by the road side and one was in a garden in Fairfield Road ipswich. Hope this information is helpful. Ipswich   Karen Child
13 Mar I saw a comma - the first of the year Hoxne   Joan Retallack
13 Mar Small Tortoiseshell 3 and  Comma 2 in my Lowestoft garden today Lowestoft   Bill Whybrow
13 Mar One Small Tortoiseshell in the sun this afternoon Kesgrave/Dobbs Wood TM2345 Gary Plank
13 Mar Nice to start my 2017 Suffolk butterfly year. at last. Two Commas in the garden! One favouring the sun lit shed.  Trimley   Bill Stone
13 Mar Red Admiral, Comma and Peacock butterflies today Elveden Center Parcs   Graham Hersey
13 Mar Encountered two beautiful Brimstone butterflies and one Peacock butterfly flying in the warm noon sunshine on private land near the Orwell country park. near Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
13 Mar 1 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshells Landguard   Will Brame
13 Mar 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Peacocks, 5 Commas (photos click here) Peewit Hill   Will Brame
13 Mar Entrance to Bixley Heath, Bucklesham Road, Ipswich 5 Comma; 4 more Comma, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock further down path around stream. Bixley Heath TM 19964 42 Fred Hanniffy
13 Mar The most promising spring day yet.  At 13C in the shade and 20C in the sun.  At noon, my first garden butterflies of the year: One Comma, and 2 minutes later a male Brimstone that made a fleeting pass at our Buckthorn.  . . Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
13 Mar Comma 2 SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
12 Mar In my garden a Peacock flew over head! Ipswich   Robert Brown
11 Mar A Small Tortoiseshell at midday Bawdsey Quay picnic site   Margie & David Carter
11 Mar First recorded butterfly for 2017, Peacock only see the one (photo click here) SWT Carlton Marshes TM 508920 Robert Quadling
10 Mar 2 Commas   TL989637, Peter Rutt
10 Mar My first butterfly of the year today, a Small Tortoiseshell Framlingham Castle Mere   Eddie Bathgate
10 Mar   Comma (Polygonia c-album), Suffolk Third site species recorded so far this year along with Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. (photo click here) Eden-Rose Coppice, Sudbury   Sam Chamberlin
10 Mar  Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2 Peewit Hill   Will Brame
10 Mar  Small tortoiseshell here in Ipswich today. Ipswich   Neil Sherman
9 Mar Red Admiral Tuddenham St Martin IP6 9BH Peter Hodge
9 Mar BRIMSTONE male Newton Road Sudbury 8841 Martin Peers
9 Mar Brimstone 20+ near Mayday Farm, Brandon; also 3 Commas and two Red Admirals Brandon   Bill Plumb
9 Mar Male Brimstone butterfly Ipswich   Neil Sherman
9 Mar Along the river Gipping at Needham Market I saw : one male Brimstone, one Peacock and three Small Tortoiseshells.  Needham Market   Robert Brown
9 Mar Having got excited about a Peacock yesterday I met some close neighbours all in the same tetrad in Framlingham last night. So there were three sightings of a male Brimstone on 9th March just not in my own garden. Maybe he will appear today and notice the Buckthorn bushes now 6ft tall  Framlingham  TM 287634  Geraldine Smith
9 Mar  First Brimstone inspecting the polyanthus in large glasshouse at midday  Walled Garden (photo click here) Saxmundham     Jim Mountain
9 Mar Saw my first Small Tortoiseshell today at work along with Comma and Brimstone  (photos click here)     Gi Grieco
9 Mar Nice bright yellow Brimstone in the Lattice Ave garden today, 1st of the year Ipswich   Dave Pearsons
9 Mar My 1st butterfly of the year: Brimstone outside Oulton Community Centre Lowestoft   Richard Martin
9 Mar One male Brimstone Carlton marshes   Gavin Durrant
9 Mar Three male Brimstones at Cavenham Heath this morning in sheltered areas away from the brisk wind.   Cavenham Heath   Margie & David Carter
9 Mar 1 Small Tortoiseshell Landguard butts   Will Brame
9 Mar Just seen my first butterflies of 2017; two male Brimstones Newton, Suffolk   Dean Morley
9 Mar At last - a Peacock flying in my garden in the sun this afternoon. Nice specimen not all bedraggled as so often usual for first sightings. There don't appear to be any other sightings yet from Framlingham this year?    Framlingham   Geraldine Smith
9 Mar 1 x Red Admiral, 1 x Peacock, 2 x Comma, 5 x Brimstone males. (Photos click here) Santon Downham.   Trevor Goodfellow
9 Mar Saw a Comma in my garden to day at 11.50 am Nightingale Road Ipswich   Peter Compton
7 Mar My first recorded Butterfly of 2017, at 12.40 pm today 1 Small Tortoiseshell only Ellough Industral Estate Beccles   Robert Quadling
7 Mar 1 Red Admiral Levington Creek   Will Brame
7 Mar Encountered a Red Admiral butterfly and my first of the year Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on private land near the Orwell country park. near the Orwell Country Park   Daniel Cable-Davey
28 Feb Not the first of the year for Ipswich I see, but maybe earliest record so far for ?? In the sun on pile of recently sawn logs by wilderness pond. photo click here Christchurch Park, Ipswich   Denise Johnson
24 Feb Cold here in Suffolk, 9C, but still saw a Peacock, presumably blown out of hibernation by Doris Barnham   Paul Harrison
22 Feb Peacock blown across the garden in the wind.  Not sunny so probably disturbed. SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
20 Feb Brimstone Felixtowe golf club TM 3237 Chris Springthorpe
20 Feb Red Admiral Bury St Edmunds TL8464 Rob Parker
20 Feb Red Admiral basking on leaf litter in the afternoon Kesgrave Wood TM2345 Jenny Plank
20 Feb Saw first Brimstone on allotments Pinmill   Keith Cooper
20 Feb Saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell around the Sizewell Estate Sizewell   SWT Coastal warden
20 Feb Wife has just seen her first butterfly of the year in Somerleyton: Brimstone Somerleyton   Richard Martin
20 Feb One of the pleasures of railway travel - sightings of Brimstones today at Needham Market, Elmswell,Thurston and just before Kennet. Needham Market   Stella Wolfe
20 Feb My first Brimstone of the year was seen at Gt Dingle between Dunwich and Walberswick this morning. All the best. Gt Dingle   Mike Morley
20 Feb Male Brimstone zipped through the garden this morning in breezy Suffolk, too fast for a photo Barnham TL8779 Paul Harrison
20 Feb My first Small Tortoiseshell of 2017 seen near Ixworth Ixworth   Trevor Goodfellow
20 Feb 1 Brimstone on the wing this morning Denston Hall Gardens   Mark Ferris
20 Feb Encountered two Brimstone butterflies and one Red Admiral butterfly flying on private land near the Orwell country park Orwell country park   Daniel Cable-Davey
20 Feb Saw a beautiful male Brimstone in my garden at 12 20 am today.  I am so happy. Nightingale Road Ipswich   P Compton
20 Feb Comma sunning itself on south facing fence SW Ipswich   Richard Perryman
20 Feb A quick sighting for you. Male Brimstone fluttering around ivy in the sunshine in our Ipswich garden. Ipswich   Julian Dowding
17 Feb 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seen this morning at Carlton marshes in the sunshine Carlton marshes   Gavin Durrant
17 Feb Saw two Red Admirals today plus Small Tortoiseshell Barnham TL8779 Paul Harrison
17 Feb Peacock midday Hollesley marshes   Bill Plumb
16 Feb Red Admiral basking in the weak Suffolk sunshine (photo click here) Barnham Suffolk TL8779 160217 Paul Harrison
14 Feb Red Admiral flying in Hamilton Gardens, Felixstowe Felixstowe TM 3051 3449 Christopher Hayes
14 Feb Red admiral seen Northfield Wood, Onehouse   M Girling
13 Feb 1st butterfly for the year out in the sunshine today in  - a Peacock. Bombus terrestris too. Ipswich, Suffolk   Neil Sherman
2 Feb Red Admiral - basking on the sandy bund of a freshly created scrape Purdis Heath   Helen Saunders
24 Jan Peacock flying at mid-day (reported to me by another visitor) Lackford Lakes   Richard Perryman
10 Jan Red Admiral flying yesterday near Euston Hall Euston Hall   Will Brame
8 Jan Red Admiral in my garden in Kedington, Haverhill (photo click here) Haverhill   Mark O'Gallagher
1 Jan Small Tortoiseshell found indoors released into cover (so not a true outdoor sighting) Felixstowe   Bill Stone

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Photographs from 2017 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Red Admiral 8 Jan - photo Mark O'Gallagher

Red Admiral 16 Feb - photo Paul Harrison

Comma - photo Denise Johnson

Comma - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Brimstone - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Brimstone - photo Jim Mountain 

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Gi Grieco

Comma - photo Gi Grieco

Comma - photo Sam Chamberlin

Peacock - photo Robert Quadling

Comma - photo Will Brame

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Will Brame

Comma - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Peacock - photo Charles Cuthbert

Small Tortoiseshell- photo Peter Paul Hayes

Small Tortoiseshell - photo Peter Ransome

Peacock - photo Peter Ransome

Comma - photo Scott Mayson

Holly Blue - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Speckled Wood - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Green-veined White - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Female Orange Tip - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Female Orange Tip - photo Charles Cuthbert

Female Orange Tip - photo Charles Cuthbert

Brimstone - photo Charles Cuthbert

Green-veined Whites - photo Charles Cuthbert

Speckled Wood - photo Charles Cuthbert

Orange-tip - photo Robert Brown

Small Copper - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Speckled Woods - photo Gi Grieco

Holly Blue - photo Rab King

Speckled Wood - photo Rab King

Small Copper - photo Rab King

Red Admiral - photo Robert Quadling

Green Hairstreak - photo Richard Perryman

Green Hairstreak - photo Will Brame

Orange-tip - photo Will Brame

Small Copper - photo Charles Cuthbert

Small Copper - photo Charles Cuthbert

Brimstone- photo Robert Brown

Wall Brown  photo Liz Barnett

Green Hairstreak - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Small Heath - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Green Hairstreak - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Dingy Skipper - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Small Copper - photo Sam Chamberlin

Brown Argus - photo   Trevor Goodfellow

Small Copper - photo Sam Chamberlin

Small Heath- photo Sam Chamberlin

Green Hairstreaks - photo Dean Morley

Poplar Hawkmoth - photo   Trevor Goodfellow

Painted Lady - photo David Carter

Wall Brown - photo B.O.B. Education

Small White - photo   Trevor Goodfellow

Wall Brown - photo Bill Stone

Wall Brown - photo David Pitt

Common Blues - photo Charles Cuthbert

Common Blues - photo Charles Cuthbert

Common Blues - photo Bill Stone

Wall Brown - photo Trevor Goodfellow

Small Heath- photo Charles Cuthbert

Common Blue male - photo Charles Cuthbert

Common Blue female- photo Charles Cuthbert

Small Copper - photo Charles Cuthbert
Small Heath - photo Duncan Fletcher Brown  
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